What is it to be British? It's a good question, and everyone has a different answer. We have a multi-cultural society, we have no written consitution, we have a Monarchy, but they do not directly govern, by proximity we're European, but we've had a 'special relationship' with the US for decades, we're a nation made of four countries that historically have never got on with each other, and we struggle to define ourselves. Or do we?
Gordon Brown thinks we should be more like the Americans. I can't see it happening, except with the Chavs. I think this is more an exercise in 'harminisation'. That is, for us to become more like the US so that we can all get along a bit better. A little more 'stiff upper lip' when it comes to terrorism and security might be more 'British', no?